Anyone behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Aventador probably thinks they are untouchable in a drag race. It would be hard to blame them for thinking so, considering the Aventador’s extreme performance. Yet, when it comes to cars, there are always surprises under someone’s hood.
That is why the Hoonigan YouTube channel continues to delight their viewers with unconventional drag race matchups in their “This or That” video series. The premise is simple, take two unconventional cars and set them up for a drag race. Learn a little about each competitor and then decide will “this” car win or “that” car? The results are relatively predictable most of the time, but a surprise result is not as rare as one might expect.
In the latest episode of This or That, the Hoonigan crew sets a Lamborghini Aventador against an Audi RS3. We’ll admit that sounds like a one-sided battle, but as we mentioned before, surprises can happen.
2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
Despite being on its way out, the Lamborghini Aventador’s status as an iconic hypercar will endure beyond its production run. With an aggressive geometric, angular design, the Aventador looks like it wants to eat anything that’s in front of it. Enthusiasts fell in love with the car so quickly that it is almost as if they forgot the Murcielago existed. These days, the Aventador may have lost some cool points because it is currently the car of choice for YouTube and Instagram influencers. We suspect the slight dip in cred won’t last long.
Speaking of influencers, it appears that the Lamborghini Aventador featured in this drag race used to belong to YouTuber TJ Hunt before the current owner “SammySammy” purchased it. Yes, the owner has two first names, and they are both the same. Anyhow, SammySammy’s Aventador is mostly stock except for a set of coil overs from BC racing, custom HRE wheels, and a titanium exhaust with catalytic converter delete. Sammy squared estimates with the modifications, his Lambo outputs around 715 horsepower from its 6.5-liter V12 engine. Since this is a 700-4 Aventador, that means the power goes to all four wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission.
2017 Audi RS3
The Audi RS3 is a favorite among European car enthusiasts. It has subtle styling but not so much that it comes off boring. Its four doors make it a practical everyday car that is suitable for driving around friends and family but also hides a secret. Under the hood is a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that has immense potential for power. Furthermore, since it’s an Audi, it has an excellent AWD drivetrain, making it a formidable competitor in any drag race.
The particular Audi RS3 in this race is a 2017 model and has been modestly modified by the Hoonigan crew. A carbon fiber intake system, a cat-back exhaust system, and a large front mount intercooler. The engine was tuned to run on E85 fuel and laid down a 565 horsepower run on a Mustang dynamometer. The RS3 also features a 7-speed automatic transmission, but the gearbox has a dual-clutch system versus the Lamborghini’s single clutch.
Drag Race: Lamborghini Aventador vs. Audi RS3
Now that we know the tale of the tape, it is time to make your drag race predictions. The Lamborghini has significantly more power than the Audi and has no turbo lag. On the other hand, the Audi is at least 500 pounds lighter than the Lamborghini, and its dual-clutch transmission should give it an advantage off the line. Which car will win?
We won’t spoil the winner, but we will say that this is going to be one of those races that will surprise you.